How Social Media Users Impacted Casey Anthony Trial

Thursday, 07 Jul 2011 12:15 PM

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Social media sites like Twitter and Facebook revolutionized the 36-day Casey Anthony trial. On Tuesday afternoon, following the announcement of a not-guilty verdict the keywords “caseyanthony” appeared 34,000 times an hour on Twitter and “notguilty” appeared 20,000 times.

Beyond the usual who-said-what of the news, social media users were interesting in Anthony including how she was acting, and when she cried.

"[Social media] is a high-efficiency gossip factory," Dan Gillmor, director of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University, told the Orlando Sentinel.

Still, media organizations across the nation launched Twitter accounts and updated news stories on Facebook to give users up-to-the-minute coverage.

Twitter and Facebook users even took the news into their own hands.
Two Facebook pages emerged on the Internet about Cindy Anthony, the mother of Casey Anthony. More than 6,000 users follow the page "Support Cindy Anthony," while close to 1,100 follow the "Cindy Anthony is a Liar."

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Twitter locked up at times due to users sending Tweets in rapid succession.

Google, the most widely used search engine in the world, showed that “caylee anthony” was the third most search term in the world on Tuesday.

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